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    ) theplantman -- I think you'll remember our correspondence during my Drosophyllum seed germination experiment, which I greatly appreciated!! I got the plant not only to come up, but to look really great---except my stupid greenhouse collapsed in the wind! The plant dropped, pot shattered, and after replanting I still got it to live for 5 weeks!! After which I imagine the injury helped it succumb to root rot. I am dying to try again and I think I can nail it this time. I also expect to have significantly better germination now that it's warm outside. The threat of damping off has largely passed. Really, really sorry to hear about your plant--it was gorgeous!

    2) Birdman- I have grown this species for many years, but sadly my last plants died prematurely without flowering and I had no seed left. I have been quite successful with the 24 hour GA3 pretreatment. Thanks for the offer! (BTW- I would be very happy with 1/2 an envelope = 4 seeds)

    3)JB_orchidguy- I have zero experience with these guys. I have five seeds I'm trying to germinate atm but I'm not sure if they will. IDK if I have done something wrong or not. I would love to try again. Thanks!!

    4. PiranhaPlant - I have limited experience growing this species but I would like an attempt to give it another shot.

    5. Gs'Cps - I have a nice hobby greenhouse with several species of sundews, pings, cephs and nepenthes I am forever reading on drosophyllum as this species caught my eye in 2010 i would love to give this species a go and i am familiar with all the different germination techniques, i have been holding off to get seeds of some drosophyllum because i never know if they are fresh viable seeds. this seems like a perfect opportunity to get me some healthy seeds that will florish in my Mediterranean style greenhouse

    6. Mass ~ I've got a couple year's experience growing Drosos thanks to you. Sadly mine died during an 8 day power outtage this winter. How I miss it so..

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    nice looking parents (plant) looks like it gets big for windowsills, just wondering if any one tried the "liquid smoke" method? what about just putting it in my smoker? to germinate.

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    1) theplantman -- I think you'll remember our correspondence during my Drosophyllum seed germination experiment, which I greatly appreciated!! I got the plant not only to come up, but to look really great---except my stupid greenhouse collapsed in the wind! The plant dropped, pot shattered, and after replanting I still got it to live for 5 weeks!! After which I imagine the injury helped it succumb to root rot. I am dying to try again and I think I can nail it this time. I also expect to have significantly better germination now that it's warm outside. The threat of damping off has largely passed. Really, really sorry to hear about your plant--it was gorgeous!

    2) Birdman- I have grown this species for many years, but sadly my last plants died prematurely without flowering and I had no seed left. I have been quite successful with the 24 hour GA3 pretreatment. Thanks for the offer! (BTW- I would be very happy with 1/2 an envelope = 4 seeds)

    3)JB_orchidguy- I have zero experience with these guys. I have five seeds I'm trying to germinate atm but I'm not sure if they will. IDK if I have done something wrong or not. I would love to try again. Thanks!!

    4. PiranhaPlant - I have limited experience growing this species but I would like an attempt to give it another shot.

    5. Gs'Cps - I have a nice hobby greenhouse with several species of sundews, pings, cephs and nepenthes I am forever reading on drosophyllum as this species caught my eye in 2010 i would love to give this species a go and i am familiar with all the different germination techniques, i have been holding off to get seeds of some drosophyllum because i never know if they are fresh viable seeds. this seems like a perfect opportunity to get me some healthy seeds that will florish in my Mediterranean style greenhouse

    6. Mass ~ I've got a couple year's experience growing Drosos thanks to you. Sadly mine died during an 8 day power outtage this winter. How I miss it so..

    7. adnedarn- I sprouted 4 out of 6 seeds on my last attempt, one died shortly after leaving 3- 2 in one pot and 1 in another pot. They grew for over a year with no flower but when I moved, something changed about my conditions or maybe it was the 2 weeks they were inside a room under lights I'm really not sure but ultimately they passed. Although I still have the pots and dead plants sitting in the greenhouse. :X Thanks much for the consideration!
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    1) theplantman -- I think you'll remember our correspondence during my Drosophyllum seed germination experiment, which I greatly appreciated!! I got the plant not only to come up, but to look really great---except my stupid greenhouse collapsed in the wind! The plant dropped, pot shattered, and after replanting I still got it to live for 5 weeks!! After which I imagine the injury helped it succumb to root rot. I am dying to try again and I think I can nail it this time. I also expect to have significantly better germination now that it's warm outside. The threat of damping off has largely passed. Really, really sorry to hear about your plant--it was gorgeous!

    2) Birdman- I have grown this species for many years, but sadly my last plants died prematurely without flowering and I had no seed left. I have been quite successful with the 24 hour GA3 pretreatment. Thanks for the offer! (BTW- I would be very happy with 1/2 an envelope = 4 seeds)

    3)JB_orchidguy- I have zero experience with these guys. I have five seeds I'm trying to germinate atm but I'm not sure if they will. IDK if I have done something wrong or not. I would love to try again. Thanks!!

    4. PiranhaPlant - I have limited experience growing this species but I would like an attempt to give it another shot.

    5. Gs'Cps - I have a nice hobby greenhouse with several species of sundews, pings, cephs and nepenthes I am forever reading on drosophyllum as this species caught my eye in 2010 i would love to give this species a go and i am familiar with all the different germination techniques, i have been holding off to get seeds of some drosophyllum because i never know if they are fresh viable seeds. this seems like a perfect opportunity to get me some healthy seeds that will florish in my Mediterranean style greenhouse

    6. Mass ~ I've got a couple year's experience growing Drosos thanks to you. Sadly mine died during an 8 day power outtage this winter. How I miss it so..

    7. adnedarn- I sprouted 4 out of 6 seeds on my last attempt, one died shortly after leaving 3- 2 in one pot and 1 in another pot. They grew for over a year with no flower but when I moved, something changed about my conditions or maybe it was the 2 weeks they were inside a room under lights I'm really not sure but ultimately they passed. Although I still have the pots and dead plants sitting in the greenhouse. :X Thanks much for the consideration!

    8. I can only germinate them by total accident and ineptitude. I can kill them by transplanting and under-watering them.

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    Okay, time to finish this up.

    Birdman and theplantman will receive the fresh seed and PMs have been sent to them.

    However, due to the unexpected amount of interest, if the rest of you (excluding the ones I have already PM'd) want to pay for postage, I have enough 1 and 2-year-old droso seed to cover the other names on the list. PM me for my address and shipping cost if you are interested in these. I don't do Paypal so shipping will have to be sent snail mail. Last year I successfully germinated 2-year-old droso seed, so know they have a "fridge shelf life" of at least 2 years.

    Hopefully next year I will be able to get back into CPs full swing again and the droso babies I am raising now will produce enough seed for more people to take a shot at growing. I realize there is a learning curve to germinating and growing this awesome sundew, so would like to supply people with enough fresh seed to play around with different methods to find what works for them.

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    DJ,

    I'm curious why you said that the plants were at the end of their life cycle after four years. Is this normal for the genus or the result of something else? I had assumed that they lived for many years in the wild (have heard of them growing long trailing stems, etc.).

    At this moment, I have six pots of Drosophyllum seedlings (thanks to seed from Mike Wang). It's the first time I've ever tried to grow this plant from seed, and I was quite pleased with the germination rate after minimum effort (soaked the seed for 24 hours in water and then rubbed briefly on sand paper). Plants are about two months old now and approaching four inches if not a bit more.

    I'm sure that I'll be lucky if I can get them to survive a full year with me, but It's a bit depressing to think that they'll only survive for three more even if I do as well as you do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlechtm View Post
    DJ,

    I'm curious why you said that the plants were at the end of their life cycle after four years. Is this normal for the genus or the result of something else? I had assumed that they lived for many years in the wild (have heard of them growing long trailing stems, etc.).

    At this moment, I have six pots of Drosophyllum seedlings (thanks to seed from Mike Wang). It's the first time I've ever tried to grow this plant from seed, and I was quite pleased with the germination rate after minimum effort (soaked the seed for 24 hours in water and then rubbed briefly on sand paper). Plants are about two months old now and approaching four inches if not a bit more.

    I'm sure that I'll be lucky if I can get them to survive a full year with me, but It's a bit depressing to think that they'll only survive for three more even if I do as well as you do!
    Well, it seems like in many cases Drosophyllum often dies after flowering in cultivation. In fact, online people say they have a life cycle of two years, as after flowering in the second year they often die, so DJ must have been growing his Drosophyllum in really good conditions.

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    Of the 5 plants I was able to germinate, they seemed indifferent to what media you start them in as long as it's sterile. They were sluggish to germinate in cool winter temps and I got better germination and overall health with warm temps. Faster germination occurred with scarification, but once I moved unscarified seeds into warm (75-85F) temps they popped right up. They seemed very tolerant of being root-fed and foliar-fed and it's my belief that they may need nutritional support to handle the demands of flowering/fruiting. They also had no problem with several fungicides I used to prevent damping-off. My main problem was that I got too excited, jumped the gun in December, and planted out everything. I should have kept a reserve and tried them in April.

    My plants were seriously injured in a windstorm but otherwise performing beautifully right beforehand. The one plant I found was severely broken, no soil was attached to the root, but survived for ~ 1 month after being repotted. It began to decline and I tried two different fungicides to save it. It tolerated the chemicals fine but still rotted from the center of the plant outward. I did not have it tested by a pathology lab because it was too small, but it's also my hunch that the rot that killed it was bacterial.

    My goal with these seeds will be (1) produce seeds to repay DJ's generosity and (2) get a plant to live 4 years or more. I know this is ambitious but I think Drosophyllum likes being germinated and grown in the warm seasons when the threat of many rots is reduced. If I can maintain a healthy plant going into next winter I expect it'll be smooth sailing.
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